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SSCC Ordination in Padang (Indonesia)

On Thursday,15/7, Deacon Felix Kapitan Goran, SSCC was ordained priest along with 2 other deacons (Andreas Dedi Dores Salamanang, Diocese of Padang and Marselinus Yerisko,SX) in Padang, Indonesia. The mass was celebrated by Mgr Kornelius Sipayung, OFM Cap, (Archbishop Of Medan) and concelebrants Alex Suwandi (Diocesan Administrator of Padang), P Bonifasius Payong SSCC (Provincial SSCC), P Suhud SX (Provincial SX), Fr. Matheus Tateb (Parish Priest of Padang’s Cathedral) along with 22 others priests. Following the covid protocol, very view were able to join the Eucharist celebration - around 50 persons mainly from the Pastoral Parish Council and coordinators of celebration, choir group, and the family of the new priest and some friends. The celebration was transmitted live via social communication of the ArchDiocese of Padang so that the others could follow it online.

In his homily, Mgr Kornelius invite the ordinands to live out the spirit of their priesthood in simplicity, obedience to the bishop or provincial and fraternally among the priests. In this moment of pandemic, to live in simplicity means that we should be able to think and do the thing wisely without losing the principal meaning of it. This ordination is simple in its celebration but very rich in its spiritual witness for our world today. Today, we have 3 new priests who will devote themselves to the ministry of the kingdom of God and let themselves be led by God. Their Bishop or provincial will send them on their new mission. For our ministry as priests,  we should live and searching for holiness in community and personal prayer. Our prayer should bear fruit in our evangelical witness in the middle of the people.  Our prayer life is not to be kept for our selves. At the end of his homily, he encouraged them to follow the example of Jesus, the good shepherd who give his whole love and life for them. in this spirit, let us be faithful in our ministry until the end of our life. 

This homily really captures the life of Fr Felix Goran,SSCC.  He is a very simple man and strong in missionary spirit. After finishing his studying in Jogyakarta, he was sent to St Damian Parish, in Mentawai for his pastoral year. In this parish he learned to live his pastoral life with the very simple parishioners in a difficult area. He likes to visit and meet the people. This pastoral experience helped and guided him to grow as a happy missionary and to offer his life as an SSCC religious priest with the motto “everything will be wonderful in Gods time and plan for my life journey”. After the ordination, he will go back from Padang to St Damian Parish, Mentawai the place he has been assigned to and there he will continue his ministry as young Sacred Hearts priest. He will stay in a community with Fr Wondo,SSCC as Parish Priest and Fr Asran Making, SSCC as assistance. He was not able to go back to his hometown for holidays and celebrations with his family because of the corona situation. We pray for Fr Felix Goran, SSCC in his ministry and also for his family.